FROM PULLMAN -- Who'd have thought the football team would be nearly one-third of the way through spring practices before the basketball team finished playing? WSU's long, up-and-down season will come to an end tonight, one way or the other. Read on.
I got to thinking last night about how much a CBI championship would really mean to Washington State, in terms of the impact it has on how people view the season. More specifically: if you were encouraged by the way WSU finished the season, would a loss tonight remove any of the happy feeling? And if you weren't all that thrilled about the way the Cougars played this season, would a CBI title make you feel any better? I'm interested to hear your thoughts. ... It was another busy day down at the athletic complex yesterday. We put together this advance after speaking with Ken Bone from Pittsburgh. And we were at Day 4 of the Mike Leach Spring Football Extravaganza (new unofficial working title), after which we wrote this story about Darryl Monroe's return from injury, as well as this blog post recapping the day's practice. ... WSU announced yesterday that as part of its Spokane Week festivities leading up to the April 21 spring game, former coach Bill Doba will make a public appearance with other WSU greats to "relive" WSU's 2003 Holiday Bowl win over Texas. ... I don't really know how to describe this one. ... This video has been making the rounds over the past 24 hours. It's a Craig James campaign ad, in which he refers to Mike Leach as a "bully" from whom he defended his son. ... Here's a preview of tonight's basketball game from the Pittsburgh side. ... Montana fired football coach Robin Plfugrad and athletic director Jim O'Day on Thursday. Pflugrad coached tight ends and headed up WSU's recruiting efforts from 2001-2005. Mike Breske, of course, was Montana's defensive coordinator last season.
Elsewhere ... Arizona still has the attention of an Italian guard. ... Arizona State's new coach has already seen a few surprises in the Sun Devils' spring practices. ... A pair of Washington players are weighing their NBA options. My guess, and it's a popular one: they're both gone. ... Steve Sarkisian talks UW spring practice. ... A Utah running back is switching to defensive end. He'd fit in well around here. Some early newcomers are glad they started college already. ... Colorado picked up a commitment from a local running back. ... A preview of Oregon's offensive line. ... Oregon State's, too. ... BYU's receivers are catching on. ... Matt Barkley is throwing some interceptions this spring, but Lane Kiffin isn't too concerned. ... George Schroeder says Oregon's Olu Ashaolu is a quick study.
All for now.